Beating Obesity and Diabetes through Science and Innovation
The Centre for Endocrine, Diabetes and Obesity Research (CEDOR) is a specialist research unit based in the Endocrine and Diabetes Service at The Wellington Hospital unit, which is led by Clinical Director, Assoc. Prof. Jeremy Krebs, was established in 1998, and has grown to encompass 11 permanent staff members with input from clinical staff from both Endocrine and Diabetes specialities. The unit also supervises students, both MSc and PhD, offers periodic summer studentships and helps with the training of senior medical staff.
This project uses stored blood samples from previous weight loss studies. Given the importance of genes in complex disease, and the key role these mechanisms play in the interaction between environmental influences and genetics we are investigating whether DNA methylation changes over time with dietary intervention and associated weight-loss.
The Garden to Table organisation introduces vegetable gardening and cooking into New Zealand primary schools. This project aims to evaluate the programme in four low decile Wellington schools to ascertain whether it improves the nutritional quality of children’s diets, nutrition knowledge and willingness to try new foods.